For runners and outdoor enthusiasts, tick borne disease is a real concern

Having lived most of my life in Adelaide, Australia, a tick free zone as far as I know, it has been a little confronting to be transported to France, where, especially in spring and summer, the forests are literally infested with ticks.

In the last couple  of weeks alone, I have removed 4 ticks from family and friends!

The big issue with ticks is that they are hosts for vector borne diseases, most of them very nasty and often with high morbidity and even mortality.

In the U.S. incidence of tickborne infections has risen insidiously, triggering heightened attention from clinicians and researchers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of reported cases of tickborne disease has more than doubled over the past 13 years.

Bacteria cause most tickborne diseases in the United States, and Lyme disease accounts for 82% of reported cases, although other bacteria (including Ehrlichia chaffeensis, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, and Rickettsia rickettsii) and parasites (such as Babesia microti) also cause substantial morbidity and mortality.

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Common Ticks Associated with Lyme Disease in North America.

Simon Bartold
Director of Bartold Clinical